Team Inspirations Surrounding Our Mission

“As a graduate of a women’s college, one of my goals has always been to use my education and skills to empower the next generation of women.
The Institute’s mission aligns so well with my values, and I love that I get to support girls and young women every single day through my work here.”
Alexandra (Alex) Sharp Maddox, MA Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT 117589) Supervised by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D., (PSY 13102) and Danielle Neddo, Psy.D., (PSY29486)

“For me, working at the Institute is an opportunity to help build a world where women and gender expansive individuals can more easily find their voices, step into their authentic selves, and live rich and fulfilling lives.
We have overcome so much in our history, and we are at a pivotal time right now – our society is re-examining how we are hearing female and non-male stories. It’s an exciting time to push forward and help shape a future where our powerful voices are heard equally.”
Cristina Lugo, MSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 71254)

“As a clinician, I was drawn to the mission of the Institute because I felt a deep desire to work with girls, teens, and gender expansive youth to support them in identifying and harnessing their inner strengths.
Through relationship and play in the therapeutic space, I truly feel that helping girls and teens recognize their inherent value is such a gift, one that is not always offered to them in the world around them. I am inspired by our team who embody resilience, grit, and advocacy every day!”
Paige Howard, MS, Intake Coordinator Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 115379) Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC 6798) Supervised by Monica Valdivia Aguilar, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – LMFT 41352

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